• Community Partners

    Community Partners are available to help businesses with the certification process, with preparing bids, explaining the M/W/DBE requirements, and explaining the rules and regulations governing doing business with sister agencies. Community Partners also help non-minority suppliers with locating M/W/DBE partners and subcontractors. 
    Partner Available Resources Website Contact Phone Email
    African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania Sourcing for African American owned businesses, technical assistance, networking http://www.aaccwp.com/ Doris Carson Williams, President (412) 392-0610 information@aaccwp.com
    Allegheny County Department of Equity and Inclusion DBE certification, technical assistance, contracts for goods and services. http://www.county.allegheny.pa.us/mwdbe/ Lisa Edmonds – Acting Director (412) 350-4309 ledmonds@county.allegheny.pa.us
    Diversity Business Resource Center (DBRC) Technical assistance, sourcing for MBEs, WBEs, and DBEs, referral service, contracting assistance, contractor training. http://www.dbrconline.org/ Judy McNeil, Director (412) 322-3272 / (800) 978-3272 jm@riversidecenterforinnovation.com
    Government Contracting Assistance Center (GACO) Technical assistance
    Sourcing for MBEs, WBEs, DBEs, and disabled, and veteran owned businesses
    Renee Decker - Contracting Specialist (724) 738-2346 renee.decker@sru.edu
    Minority, Women, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Governmental Committee Sourcing for MBEs, WBEs, and DBEs, networking, technical support/resources, trade fair http://mwbegovtcomm.com Juan Garrett - Chair (412) 322-3523 jg@riversidecenterforinnovation.com
    National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Networking
    Sourcing for woman owned firms
    Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council of PA, NJ, DE (EMSDC) MBE certification for ethnic minorities including Black, Asian, Hispanic and Native Americans, access to working capital loans and specialized financing, Advanced Management Education Programs and Scholarships, business opportunity fairs, matchmaking, corporate training. http://www.emsdc.org Valarie J. Cofield, President/CEO (412) 391-4423 or (215) 569-1005 vcofield@emsdc.org
    Small Business Administration (SBA) - Pittsburgh District Technical Assistance
    Contracts for goods and services
    8(A) and SDB certification
    Sourcing for 8(A) and SDB firms
    http://www.sba.gov/pa/pitt/ Kevin White - Acting District Director (412) 395-6560 x113 kevin.white@sba.gov